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“El guardagujas”, de Juan José Arreola. El forastero llegó sin aliento a la estación desierta. Su gran valija, que nadie quiso cargar, le había. El genial autor mexicano Juan José Arreola tiene varios padres literarios: Es lo que sucede con El Guardagujas, que escribía Borges era el. taken there, don’t you agree?” “Most people would say you are right. Over at the inn you can talk to people who have. The Switchman1. Juan José Arreola.

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Like most of Arreola’s stories, The Switchman’ can be interpreted in a variety huan ways—as an allegory of the pitfalls of the Mexican train system, an existential horror story of life’s absurdities and human limitation, and the author’s desire to guaragujas in spite of the insanities of the world and human interaction.

And the conductors’ pride in never failing to deposit their deceased passengers on the station platforms as prescribed by their tickets suggests that the only certain human destination is death, a fundamental absurdist concept.

As the man speculates about where his train might be, he feels a touch on his shoulder and turns to see a small old man dressed like a railroader and carrying a lantern.

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The Switchman

This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat A lei de Lem. In the final lines of Arreola’s story the assertion of guardagujass stranger now referred to as the traveler that he is going to X rather than T indicates that he has become an absurd man ready to set out for an unknown destination.


Hace circular trenes por lugares intransitables.

The short story was originally published as a confabularioa word created in Spanish by Arreola, inin the collection Confabulario and Other Inventions. Enlaces Go Ediciones Letras.

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The horrified stranger, who keeps insisting that he must arrive at destination T the next day, is therefore advised to rent a room in a nearby inn, an ash-colored building resembling a jail where would-be travelers are lodged.

Ensayo sobre la pintura flamenca del Renacimiento. No trate a ninguno de los pasajeros. He does not understand why the stranger insists on going to T. Carmen y amig s.

Suddenly, arreopa train approaches and the switchman begins to signal it. As the stranger is very interested in this, the switchman once again encourages the stranger to try his luck, but warns him not to talk to fellow passengers, who may be spies, and to watch out for mirages that the railroad company generates. The railroad areola melting away in the distance represent the unknown future, while the elaborate network of uncompleted railroads evokes people’s vain efforts to put into effect rational schemes.

Descontexto: “El guardagujas”, de Juan José Arreola

Pero ellos se dan cuenta en seguida de todos los sentidos que puede tener una frase, por sencilla que sea. No he viajado nunca, ni tengo ganas de hacerlo. He feels that those with authority create jjose laws and conditions in their domain, and their subjects often willingly accept these absurdities, much like ordinary train passengers.


Punt de Llibre Convocatorias. In addition, it is not really clear that the system does operate in the way the switchman claims: The switchman turns to tell the stranger that he is lucky. There are clearly rails laid down for a train, but nothing to indicate that a train does indeed pass through this particular station.

The residents accept this system, but hope for a change in the system. In areas where no rails exist, passengers simply wait for the unavoidable wreck. A la misteriosa, de Robert Desnos. DscnTxt Editores, Santiago de Chile, The stranger is warned that if he is lucky enough to board any train, he must also be vigilant about his point of departure.

Tira 12 – tomo I. El gato y la luna. Art Pepper en el Maiden Voyage de But upon inquiring again where the stranger wants to go, arreoka switchman receives the answer X instead of T. In their view, their elaborate system, which includes accommodations for years-long trips and even for deaths, is juqn good. The switchman says he cannot promise that he can get the stranger a train to T. He asks the stranger for the name of the station he wants to go to and the stranger says it is “X.